Tracing conceptual change in messy data (2): Self-reliance as boon and bane

author: Joris van Eijnatten, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University
published: Aug. 21, 2017,   recorded: September 2016,   views: 915
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As a cultural historian with an interest in demonstrating the usefulness of an assortment of digital humanities tools and techniques to researchers, both students and colleagues, I have previously discussed a number of robust, readily available and easily accessible text-mining applications. Although excellent use can be made of these tools, they have three evident shortcomings: most lack a historical dimension, most cannot cope with multilinguality, and their 'black-box' effect is in some cases large, perhaps too much so. In this lecture I will embroider on this theme by exploring the pros and cons of becoming a little less reliant on currently available, ready-made tools.

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